ONAR decided to launch “The Strength of Women in Turkey” photo contest in February 2017 as a way to promote women’s empowerment through the art of photography. We decided to focus on women living in Turkey, both Turkish and foreigners, to celebrate all the women living in the country and contributing to Turkish society.
The 12 photos we selected represent different faces of the strength of women in Turkey. As a coincidence, most of the authors of the selected photos are also women.
The winning photo, entitled “Jump”, with lightness shows a woman strong enough to jump in the light away from a shadow that seems to want to hold her back. Second place went to “Tea worker”, which shows the strength of a young woman and the grace she puts in the exhausting work she does. The third place went to “On Galata bridge”, which shows a woman off the beaten track as she does a typical male activity in Turkey. A honorable mention went to “Not public property”, which touches upon the issue of virginity in Turkey. All the selected photos capture the pride of women in being exactly who they are. We believe that difference is a sign of strength. The women photographed, with their happy and serious faces, their aware presence in society, their focus in their work, give a sense of the strength of women not just in Turkey, but everywhere in the world.
Written by Irene Campari